VMYG 'A' Class meeting, Gosport, 5 June 2004
The weather was warm and sunny the wind light and mainly across the pond, giving a reach both ways for most of the day, though with occasional shifts that called for thought about the right trim from the skippers. Martin Bandey took on the job of OOD, his first foray into running this sort of event and did a good job. He had obviously spent time preparing himself.
The results of the racing are as follow.
What is noteworthy here is that though, if model yacht designers are doing any good at all, one would expect the boats to finish in reverse order of design date, the top two places were filled by the two oldest boats present, Dick Priest's original Highlander of 1957 and John Gale's beautiful replica of Turner's 1922 design Sonata. John, sailing with Braine gear had a perfect record until the last couple of boards, when he dropped a beat because he hadn't provided the boat with a guy, (which of course works quite differently on a Braine steered boat from the simplicity of guying with a vane gear). In the event he was pipped at the post by Graham Reeves, who over the course of the day came to terms with Highlander and steadily improved her performance. Against the run of expectation in design terms, but a reflection of the fact that the two top boats were sailed by the two most experienced skippers, suggesting that the old saw that' X could win with a plank' may not be so far from the truth and that skill and experience count for a great deal more in this game than design and construction.